Summer Faves

We can't believe it's almost Labor Day! The summer flew by! When we think back on all of the fun we've had over the past couple of months we can't help but think about the outfits we have worn during these times. Here is a roundup of our favorite summer pieces.

We love this sleeveless button down from Rails. It is perfect to throw on over a bathing suit or pair with a skirt at night.


This summer sweater from 360 Sweater has been perfect for those chilly nights by the water. Since the summer has been a particularly hot one, we paired it with denim shorts from One Teaspoon.


We are seriously obsessed with this white tank from Cami NYC. It has lace detailing in the back and is the perfect top for summer date nights.


This long sleeve top from Rails is the perfect transitional piece from day to night. The lace up detailing in the front is super on trend.


Who can resist turquoise jewelry during the summer? We are in love with Joie DiGiovanni's leather, turquoise, and pearl pieces.


This dress is definitely one of our favorites! It is perfect for the beach or walking around town. The rope lace up front gives it a nautical vibe which we love.


Shorts have always been summer essentials and we lived in these cute cut-offs from One Teaspoon.


A cute coverup is a summer must. We love this one from For Love and Lemons. 

We can't wait to wear our summer faves one more time before the fall! 


Diner en Blanc

Diner en Blanc originated in France nearly 30 years ago and the tradition of high society picnics has traveled all the way from Paris to Philadelphia. Diner en Blanc takes place every summer in Philadelphia. The event channels the elegance and glamour of French society.

Here is how it works:
At the last minute, the secret location is revealed. Guests, dressed in white, travel to the public space to enjoy a night of friends, food, and fun. This includes a picnic, lighting sparklers, and dancing. Philadelphia provides a magical cityscape backdrop for the event.


Rules:
Guests must be members or sponsored by a member and there is a long waiting list to get in!
Participants arrive and depart by chartered transportation or organized public transportation.
Every group has a table leader and the groups are responsible for bringing their own tables, chairs, and food.
Guests must bring a table, chairs, white tablecloth, a picnic basket, food, cutlery, dishware, glassware, trash bags, and wine or champagne.
At the end of the night, participants take everything with them, including their trash, leaving their city’s public space clean and beautiful for the next day.
Participants must wear all white and be dressed elegantly.


 This year’s Diner en Blanc will take place on August 18th and since the event takes place during the summer, and the dress code is elegant, it is best if women wear white dresses. Our Rittenhouse boutique is filled with white dresses perfect for the event. One of our stylists will happily help you choose the perfect outfit for such a magical evening.


HOW TO BEAT THE HEAT DURING THE DNC

The Democratic National Convention is this week in Philadelphia and it has brought thousands of people to the city along with super hot temperatures. We have put together some outfits for you to beat the heat in while enjoying all of the DNC festivities going on around the city.

This is such an exciting week for both Philadelphians and visitors to the city of brotherly love, so we have decided to celebrate with some great #DNCdeals at our flagship boutique in Rittenhouse Square.






Be sure to visit us at 114 S 19th Street Philadelphia! 

Beach House Decor

It's the first official day of summer which means it is time to escape the city and retreat to the beach! Here are some of our favorite beach house looks:

One of the most important rooms in any house is the kitchen. Kitchens are usually neutral shades, whether it be white, gray, tan, or brown. We love the bold use of color in these beach house kitchens. 



When we think of summer, we think of white. We love these all white bedrooms.



Some of our favorite beach house living rooms are below.



Whether you incorporate the colors of the ocean or simply let the view speak for itself, these beach house bathrooms give us some serious bathroom envy.



And who could forget the most important room of them all... the closet!











Meet Our Summer Intern

Summer is the season for denim shorts, breezy dresses, and interns! Meet our new summer intern, Zoe.

ellelauri: Zoe, where are you from and where do you go to school?

Zoe: I am originally from Philly. I am going to be a junior at Philadelphia University and I am a fashion merchandising major.

ellelauri: Why did you want to intern with us?

Zoe: Initially, the amazing window displays! I always love the clothes in the window so that's what drew me in to inquire about an internship. When I learned more about the brand and how Liz designs her own clothes and manages the boutiques, I knew I wanted to intern for ellelauri. It is my first retail industry experience and I am so excited to learn the ins and outs of the business.

ellelauri: What are your favorite pieces in the store right now?

Zoe: I love the breezy summer tops and dresses from Feel The Piece and Bella Dahl. I also really love all of the jewelry, especially the statement necklaces.

ellelauri: How would you describe your personal style?

Zoe: Classic. A lot of black and neutral colors. I'm tall so I like pairing something loose-fitting with something tighter so there is a balance.

ellelauri: Who is your style icon?

Zoe: This New York based blogger named Nicole Alyse.

ellelauri: Who is your favorite high fashion designer?

Zoe: It's a tie between Etro and Prada.

ellelauri: What is your favorite piece in your closet?

Zoe: A black wool jacket I got at a thrift store. It's classic but a little edgy.

ellelauri: If you could add one thing to your closet, what would it be?

Zoe: A pair of Gucci slip on loafers; the ones with the fur inside.

ellelauri: What are you listening to right now?

Zoe: I really like Drake's new album.

ellelauri: When you are not at ellelauri, what are you doing?

Zoe: Either cooking or watching fashion shows on YouTube.





Our Favorite Beauty Products

Summer is a great time to start fresh especially when it comes to beauty products. Here are some of our current favorites: 

Bronzer: Clinique. It gives you a natural glow with a little bit of shimmer.

Mascara: Chanel. Enhances lash length, giving you long, luscious lashes.

Lipstick: Mac. We love the way they hold up throughout the day and there are so many colors to choose from. 


Mask: Peter Thomas Roth Sulfer Cooling Mask. Excellent exfoliant and leaves skin feeling fresh and clean.

Self Tanner: St. Tropez. Leave your skin sun-kissed without looking too orange.

Dry Shampoo: Oribe. This is actually a dry texturizing spray but doubles as an excellent dry shampoo.

Hair Care: Moroccan Oil products. Added bonus- they smell great! 

Nail Polish: Essie. So many colors to choose from and they are available for purchase in our boutiques!

Cosmetic Case: Lolo Bags! They're easy to clean and have the cutest designs. Stop by our stores to grab one! 


Summers in Avalon

Memorial Day Weekend kicks off the summer and also means that ellelauri Avalon is officially open! We spoke with designer/founder, Liz Rymar, about her favorite places at the beach.


ellelauri: Why did you choose Avalon to open a store?

Liz: Avalon holds a special place in my heart. I grew up going with my family. The people are always so friendly and there is great shopping but I felt like something was missing. ellelauri fills the void for beach clothes that can easily transition from day to night. A lot of times you go right from the beach to dinner and cocktails and I wanted to create a store where you could buy one dress and wear it over your bathing suit to the beach and then with wedges and fun jewelry out at night.


ellelauri: What is your favorite place for cocktails?

Liz: The Windrift Hotel. There is a really cool bar up top which is great for cocktails after a day at the beach. 


ellelauri: What is your favorite restaurant?

Liz: That's hard! The Sea Grill is great for fresh fish, they are located right across the street from the store. I also really like The Diving Horse. It is owned by the same people who own Pub & Kitchen in Philly.

ellelauri: On a Friday or Saturday night where can we find you?

Liz: The Princeton is really fun. So are Jack's, Buckets, and Whitebrier

ellelauri: Do you have a go-to brunch spot?

Liz: Yes! The Reeds is amazing for brunch! It is a really cool hotel. For healthier options, there is Green Cuisine and Isabel's has really good salads. 

ellelauri: What is your favorite beach activity?

Liz: Paddle boarding and I also love just laying out and relaxing. 

ellelauri: Any recommendations for beach bag snacks?

Liz: Granola from Laura Ferro's nourish + nosh. You can buy it at the lululemon in Avalon.


ellelauri: What three items in your closet are constantly in your summer rotation?

Liz: A bikini, my Chanel espadrilles, and summer dresses from ellelauri.


ellelauri: What is your favorite part about summers in Avalon?

Liz: I just love being at the beach and hanging out with my family and friends. 

ellelauri Avalon is located at 264 21st Street Avalon, NJ 08202